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The Duffer brothers - creators of the Stranger Things universe - have admitted to agonizing over which scene, quote, image, and frame to include in all of their five trailers for season 2. Some people hate any kind of spoilers, I know I do, but I loved watching these so much! After all, we know there’s going to be a monster and the kids will be at the center of the action, so watch and have fun! Or wait until after you’ve finished your binge to watch them, they’re worth it! 1984 trailer: This trailer is so much fun! Made to look like a home-made conspiracy-theorist movie, complete with very serious narrator, it begins with the happenings in Will’s life and the town of Hawkins, but then moves onto other ‘stranger things’ that have turned the world ‘upside down’ just one year later in 1984. These strange things include a plethora of all things pop culture, folklore and silliness: Daryl Hannah as a mermaid, film of Russian athletes disappearing at the Olympics (the Soviets as they were then known boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics), Gremlins and even Slimer from Ghostbusters ! Friday the 13th trailer: We know how much The Duffer brothers love all things from John Carpenter’s Halloween , from the theme music of the show to the font he uses and this fantastic trailer gives us just a little flash of what’s to come in season 2, along with a homage to the movie Friday the 13th used as the countdown. In case it all goes by too quickly, here’s a list of what goes on in the trailer: Will is in a hospital gown, having a light shone in his eyes. Scary looking trick-or-treaters emerge from a van. Terrified looking scientists wait for the elevator doors to close – don’t they remember what happened in the first scene of season 1? Look up, look up! The kids discover what looks like a hollowed out tunnel...it’s definitely not man-made. Nancy emerges from a run-down house looking up, ready to confront someone – or something! Sheriff Hopper is naked, tied up and being hosed down by two people in white Haz-mat suits! We see Eleven’s legs and the bottom of her skirt running through a forest path covered in snow. Whatever Winona Ryder is hitting with that long stick (Lucille?), I’m glad I’m not it. Seth Rogen is in the background. Is that Will’s father? Lemme know in the comments, please. Mike is holding his ears, what’s making a sound so loud to make him do that? Who is being given electric shock therapy? I have an idea, but, could it be...? Comments, please. The chain on the door is lifted again, just as the Demagorgon did in season 1! Voiceover. "Watch the final trailer, once will never be enough!" Very true. Nosebleed trailer: The shortest trailer of all shows Eleven with a nosebleed, and that’s never a good sign. Her narration includes, "...three to the right, four to the left," over and over as we see microfiche images of newspaper clippings documenting the child experiment abuses perpetrated at the Hawkins lab and how Terry Ives's mother unsuccessfully sued the lab and Dr Brenner. Comic Con trailer/ Thriller trailer: As is to be expected, given the enthusiasm of the Comic Con audience, there are major moments here. It’s the longest of all the trailers, at 3:03 minutes and is genuinely creepy as we discover there’s a new monster in town. Michael Jackson’s Thriller weaves its way throughout and Vincent Price’s narration to that iconic song is given new life as the foreteller of all things season 2. Even more pop culture references are included, such as Sheriff Jim Hopper standing in a tunnel, with a skewed angle making him appear like Indiana Jones. Steve is wearing Tom Cruise’s Risky Business shades, whilst Thriller dancing. The kids go trick-or-treating in Ghostbuster outfits. #adorkable Final Trailer: Only one quote needed from this exceptional trailer that is a must-see: "Do you still have that baseball bat? The one with all the nails?"   Happy Stranger Things binging, everyone!
Hey there, this week Halloween is in the air, and we have haunted houses, game shows, and comedies, plus mystery and horror from Stranger Things ! Monday 23rd October The Last O.G. (premiere canceled) Comedy Although Tracy Morgan’s new show was due to air this week, the showrunner has left the series and the air date has been pushed back till spring 2018. Drat! Scared Famous (9:00 PM on VH1 ) Reality Pilot. Reality TV stars enter a supposedly cursed house in Savannah, Georgia, and the hysteria begins – that’s only from choosing who gets which bedroom! There is no shortage of screaming on this show - although not about ghosts but who ate all the cereal or who has betrayed them by joining an alliance with someone else. It’s all for a good cause as the winner gets $100,000 for a charity of their choice, but from the trailers it looks unintentionally funny and chaotic. That said, it’s airing around the time of Halloween, so it could have some scary moments, especially with the setting and the challenges everyone has to endure! I really hope it is scary because it’s a good premise for a reality show, although I’d have preferred if it had been regular folks instead of reality TV personalities in the house. Less personal drama, more scares! Tuesday 24th October Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (10:00 PM on TBS ) Game show Pilot. "I’m putting the ‘G’ back in game shows!" announces Snoop Dogg to an ecstatic studio audience. Did you like watching The Joker’s Wild when you were growing up? Well, Snoop Dogg enjoyed it so much that he’s taking over the show and giving it his very own spin (pun intended). It’s set in his own casino, complete with slot machines, huge dice to roll and a live studio audience to make the atmosphere even more fun. If you like the immensely likeable Snoop Dogg and game shows, then you are in for a treat! Drop the Mic (10:30 PM on TBS ) Comedy/rap/hip-hop/celebrities Pilot. With Method Man and Hailey Baldwin as hosts, a cheering audience and James Corden as executive producer, this show is perfect, if you love watching two celebrities facing off and rapping smack about one another! If you watch Corden’s late night show, you’ll know this comes from one of his most popular segments. Is there enough here to keep an entire show and season going? There is, as long as they keep booking really great guests stars each week, from all areas of showbiz and sports. At Home With Amy Sedaris (10:30 PM on truTV ) Comedy/Satire Pilot. Rest assured, you will not learn any home-making or hostess skills by watching this show, but you will find yourself in hysterics at all the *unintentional* camera errors, not to mention the mistakes Amy makes along the way. If you’ve ever seen the ‘Official Amy Sedaris’ series on youtube, then you already know what we’re in for with this show - hilarity. Amy Sedaris is brilliant as her anti-Martha Stewart character. Amy thinks she’s great at all this ‘baking, cooking, welcoming guests and comforting grieving mourners’ stuff. Fortunately for all us viewers, she’s terrible at everything and that’s what makes this show so funny. Sedaris plays several characters throughout the show and is joined by lots of A-list guest stars, every week. One to watch! Wednesday 25th October Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television (on YoutubeRed) Police procedural satire, show-within-a-show/breaking the fourth wall Pilot. "Hi, I’m your new partner. Don’t look into the camera, it breaks the mood of the show." So says Ryan Hansen to his new partner a "real detective" investigating a homicide, just as the detective looks right into the camera! Do you love Hill Street Blues , NYPD Blue , all the shows in the Law & Order and Chicago universe? If so, then this show is going to take the mickey out of all of them! Easy, though, it’s done with love; this is a show-within-a-show and the trailers are really funny. Ryan Hansen plays a version of himself: in this show’s world, he’s a Z-lister, known only for countless failed pilot episodes, but in his head he’s a huge star. The premise of this show-within-a-show is the LAPD decided to team celebrities with detectives so the actors can help solve crimes with their acting skills, such as their gift at channeling characters. Obviously, there’s got to be a camera crew following their every move. Hansen’s partner, Mathers (Samira Wiley, OITNB ) cannot understand why her bosses think this is a good idea, especially since Hansen is a complete fool! With guest stars including the hilarious Donald Faison, the truly great Kristen Bell, and the awesome Jon Cryer, this looks extremely funny - the guest actors are happy to be the butt of every joke thrown their way. Watch out for all the inside jokes and easter eggs in each episode. Friday 27th October Stranger Things (on Netflix ) Horror/monsters/telekinesis/1980s The town of Hawkins returns this (almost) Halloween to scare, thrill, delight and remind us all that things that don’t just go bump in the night but also during the day, evening and morning - in the year of 1984! Last year, Stranger Things hit our screens like no other show has done in a very, very long time. It seems that we all love a dose of nostalgia, especially when it’s served up with an exceptional plot, scary monsters, great theme music, and tremendous acting, especially from all of the kids. Let’s not forget the return of Winona Ryder! There are monsters in both human and monster form. The former, strangely enough, are probably even scarier than the monster (almost), as they are amoral scientists who will do absolutely anything to further their hideous research. For those of you who haven’t watched the first season yet, go watch it! But if you need a refresher: a tight-knit group of nerdy boys are drawn into a government-led conspiracy when they hide a mysterious girl from the scientist who has kept her captive all of her life; she has never before been out of a laboratory environment. Add in high school bullies, teenage drama, the horrors of dating (or not) in high school, a mother's desperate search for her missing child, a truly horrific monster, an alternate universe, and you have yourself the hit show of the year! All episodes will air on Friday, beginning at midnight PST. Stay up late, get out the snacks, and heat up the eggos! Blindspot (8:00 PM on NBC ) FBI/anti-terrorism Last season was all about the hunt for Shepherd, her gang of terrorists (including Jane’s brother Roman), and their pet project to destroy the US government. After being abducted and tortured for three months by the CIA, Jane escapes, but Team Weller is reluctant to allow her back. Over the course of the season, Jane re-earned everyone’s trust and helped with the takedown of Shepherd. Unfortunately, Roman escaped, and Jane couldn’t bring herself to shoot her brother, a choice that may come back to haunt her. In the finale, Weller and the team helped stop the overthrow of the government, but only just. In the final moments of the finale, the show flash-forwarded to two years later, with Jane far from home and Weller (wearing a wedding ring!) showing up to ask for her help retrieving the abducted Zapata, Reade, and Patterson. The kidnapper left a box containing a key which reveals a secondary layer of bioluminescent tattoos on Jane’s body. What a cliffhanger! Season 3 will begin moments after season 2 ended, always a good thing! Maybe we’ll get some explanations to all of the burning questions we have. For me, this was one of the most thrilling finales of any show from last season and I can’t wait for the premiere.
Monday, Oct 16 Star Wars Rebels (12:30 AM on DisneyXD ) Science fiction cartoon Season 4 is the last season for this incredibly successful animated show that has had among its stars: David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Freddie Prinze Jr. Set between Episode III and Episode IV , the rebels really shouldn’t stand a chance in the Ghost, a mere freighter starship. However, despite the power of the Empire and all of its weapons, the rebels somehow manage to survive. The animation is exceptional - the special effects are everything those of us who have loved Star Wars since we were kids could want. The plots have been innovative with great character development and our assorted crew doing everything they can to attack the Empire whenever and wherever they spot an opportunity. With empathetic voice actors making their characters seem so real, Star Wars Rebels is a compelling, thrilling watch. In Season 3’s finale, Thrawn did everything he could to destroy the Ghost, the Rebels and the Bendu. Although there were heavy rebel casualties and deaths, Tallus escaped Thrawn’s clutches and Sabine and Ezra destroyed the Empire’s Interdictor. Ultimately, Kanan states that despite their losses, "There’s a future for us, one where we’re all free, but it’s up to us to make it happen." Season 4 is going to be more somber, as everything is at stake. The action increases even more, meaning our rebels will have a hard, tough fight to win not just each individual battle, but the war itself. Freedom is what they want; freedom is what they deserve. Travelers (9:00 PM on Showcase ) Science fiction Imagine being one of the few humans left alive in the future and discovering that you have an opportunity to go back in time and stop humanity from being (almost completely) wiped out. Would you become a Traveler? Being a Traveler is not an easy job but it’s a great premise for a show. Travelers have access to historical death records and in the seconds before death occurs they inhabit that person’s body and keep them alive. Then, the Traveler must overcome the problem of being his/her self whilst in someone else’s body and life. Maintaining their cover is essential, they must behave exactly as the person whose life they took over, learning as much as they can about them. This isn’t easy, to say the least and missteps do occur. Especially as there are people determined to hunt down Travelers and stop them from saving humanity. The cast are excellent in their roles; it’s an ensemble piece for sure but Eric McCormack is outstanding as FBI agent McLaren. The characters are diverse; amongst them is a single mom, a young man with a drug problem, a learning disabled young woman and a teenager. In last season’s finale, while Grace was seriously hurt and bleeding on the ground, The Director was trying to make his way to the present day. Just as McLaren attempted to destroy the Quantum Frame, FBI agents raced into the building to stop him. Who succeeded, McLaren or The Director? The season 2 premiere finds each of our Travelers in a dire situation. We learn that Traveler cells are being caught and tortured all over the world, so has The Director returned? One thing is certain - our team are in for a fight to save not only their lives but humanity itself. Tuesday, Oct. 17 Loudermilk (10:30 PM on Audience Network ) Comedy Pilot. The joy of this show is that Sam Loudermilk is the group member in need of most help: his life is complete chaos. As head counselor of a recovering alcoholics’ and substance abuse group, he grimaces his way through just about every scene where he has to counsel people in need. He doesn’t intend to be mean or cruel, he just tells it as he sees it, and has a complete lack of interpersonal skills. Plus his stream-of-consciousness comments make this anti-hero extremely funny, especially as the joke is always on him. This role is perfect for Livingston, who excels in playing the laid-back, always awkward-looking Loudermilk; his comic timing is finally in its perfect setting, and the assorted cast of group members and friends are well thought-out, with great backstories and quips galore. Sam soon comes to realize that he is a bigger mess than any of the people he counsels. Watch and laugh! Wednesday, Oct. 18 Freakish (on Hulu ) Horror/Science fiction In season 1, after hearing there’s been a breach at the local chemical plant and that they must not inhale the toxic air outside, a small group of high school kids descend to the basement of their school, which is part bunker, part food storage and has water access. Unfortunately, a mysterious fever starts to spread amongst them and that isn’t the only problem. The water is cut off from outside, and strange ‘infected people’ have found them and are staring through the glass doors, trying to get inside. Season 2 has our survivors carrying axes and kicking ass almost as well as Buffy and Angel ever did, but with axes, knives and science-class-made flamethrowers. This season looks even more intense as some new teens, who’ve been hiding in a pharmacy, are brought back to the bunker by Grover. There’s also the problem of scientists from the chemical plant performing strange autopsies on the dead and not acting too friendly towards the survivors. Not to mention Freaks at every single exit. Is there any way out for this group who have battled so hard to stay alive? Friday, Oct. 20 Haters Back Off (on Netflix ) Comedy In Season 1, Miranda desperately wants to be famous and has her own YouTube channel, but she’s so lacking in talent that she has very few followers. That is, until one day when one of her uploads goes viral and suddenly all that she has dreamed of has sort-of-well-not-really come true. Season 2 finds Miranda being encouraged by her enthusiastic yet clueless Uncle Jim to head for Broadway to become a legend. Miranda’s estranged father returns and soon the entire family is caught up in helping Miranda’s dreams come to fruition. Superstition (10:00 PM on Syfy ) Pilot. Paranormal/Gothic Horror/Demonic possession. This is the first African-American led paranormal/horror show: Mario Van Peebles writes, produces, directs, and acts in this project that has received a straight-to-series 13 episode order. The cast is stellar, with W. Earl Brown, Morgana Van Peebles, Diamond Dallas Page, Brad James, and T.C. Carter to name just a few of the actors involved. There’s a lot for us horror fans to get excited about as the Hastings family run the town of La Rochelle’s only funeral home and elevated graveyard. Yes, you read that right, an elevated graveyard! When they’re not embalming, they’re cleansing haunted houses, documenting and keeping this small town’s dark secrets, and fighting Infernals, a type of demon/monster that cause terror for all the townsfolk. Coming back to town every now and then is something called The Dredge = The Big Bad. I can’t wait for this show to air! Sunday, Oct. 22 The Walking Dead (9:00 PM on AMC ) Zombie horror comic book adaptation The 100th episode is here and ooh, it looks so good! Rick and the group are back, finally! Unfortunately for our heroes, and us viewers, so is Negan. For all of us, hating everyone who is ‘Negan’ and what they stand for is now a major part of the show. Thankfully, in last season’s finale, Carol returned to join Rick, Daryl and all of our favorite characters as they decided the only way to be rid of Negan is to declare war. In this 8th season we get to see that decision play out between our team and Negan’s gang. Will the battles last all season? For multiple seasons? Will Negan ever be killed? The show doesn’t mind occasionally taking a different approach from the comic books, meaning that for all of us watching at home, nothing is certain - except that we need to prepare to cry as we lose more fan favorites, shriek as humans consciously and deliberately behave worse than the most vicious brain-dead Walkers, and howl as each episode leaves us with a cliffhanger that we’ll have to wait a week to see resolved! The one thing I will say about season 8 is that King Ezekial’s tiger will play a major role - hopefully munching happily on Lucille as though she were a chew toy, after doing exactly the same to Lucille’s owner! #TeamRick Graves (10:00 PM on Epix ) Comedy Ever Googled your own name? Former President Richard Graves does just that and discovers his two-term presidency, 25 years ago, is still beloved by those in his party but not regarded well by anyone else. He finds articles accurately describing the terrible impact that many of the bills he scuppered (such as cutting cancer research) have had on the nation. Discovering his time in the Oval has not has not been the huge success he believed it to be, Graves sets out to right his wrongs. However, this negatively impacts his type A wife, the former First Lady who’s setting out to run for a seat in the Senate. His daughter, the beloved First Daughter of the nation, leaves her philandering Rockefeller husband, then gets pregnant out of wedlock. Life in the Graves household is never dull, that’s for sure. In last season’s finale, his adoring aide, Isaiah, was shot whilst saving President Graves from an assassin and season 2 begins hours after, with Nick Nolte standing over Isaiah. However, is Isaiah dead or alive? How is Margaret Graves’ run for the Senate going? How is Liv’s pregnancy progressing? Will the President’s son ever stop shouting and swearing on his talk show? Watch out for Glenn Beck’s cameo. This is a fun, relevant and well put together show that has a perfect ensemble cast, with the always excellent Nick Nolte playing a truly repentant former President who is now trying to live mindfully, although his approach to remedying all his wrongs can, at best, be described as hapless. Expect a lot of swearing and a truly epic soundtrack.
This Fall Premiere season is an awesome time for TV fans! This week, our premieres cover almost every genre. We have horror, comedy, superheroes galore, dramas, comedies, thrillers and detective shows, to name just a few. Monday, Oct. 9 Supergirl (8:00 PM on the CW ) Superhero/action-adventure Returning for a third season, the difficult balance of being Kara Zor-El and Kara Danvers was at the core of last season’s finale as Kara laid out all the things she wanted for herself versus what she had to do (and sacrifice) as a superhero. Counseled by cousin Clark/Superman, it reminded me of how young she is, with so much potential (reporter!) and yet with so much pressure and public expectation on her to save the world. The Season 3 trailers show a disillusioned Supergirl, filled with self-doubt and in need of her friends. She says, "I am not a human, I tried to be, but I’m not." Grief stricken and burning with rage that she had to sacrifice Mon-El, she decides that Kara Danvers is dead. However, another storm is brewing in the form of Reign, destroyer of worlds. Valor (9:00 PM on the CW ) Military drama Pilot. In the premiere, the ‘Shadow Raiders’ are an elite group of helicopter pilots tasked with a dangerous mission in Somalia. The mission ends disastrously for the tight-knit crew, with all but two of the pilots dead and one captured by terrorists. The two remaining pilots hatch a plan to rescue their captured comrade. Tuesday, Oct. 10 The Flash (8:00 PM on the CW ) Superhero action-adventure In the season 3 finale we discovered that Iris was alive, and it was H.R. in disguise who had been killed by Savitar. However, this changes the future and leaves Savitar in a time paradox, ultimately culminating in his death during an epic showdown with Team Flash. Then it was up to Barry to save the day one more time by sacrificing himself to the Speed Force prison in order to keep reality from tearing apart, passing his mantle on to Wally. In Season 4, we see Team Flash is fighting the good fight but they desperately need the Flash to return. Legends of Tomorrow (9:00 PM on the CW ) Superhero action-adventure Last season, the team had to risk everything, even time, by traveling back to 1916 to get the Spear of Destiny. When a storm ensured they couldn’t escape from a Legion ambush, a number of the Doomworld Legend’s were killed in battle/or disappeared into thin air (along with evil Eobard). The remaining Legends ensure everything and everyone is returned to their correct place in time. We knew there would be deaths, but so many!?! In Season 3, the team crash lands in an alternate timeline Los Angeles, complete with dinosaurs roaming deserted streets and strange buildings from other times, leading to a frantic attempt to fix everything. Wednesday, Oct. 11 Chance (on Hulu ) Medical drama Hugh Laurie returns as the troubled neuropsychiatrist, who never really knows how to treat his patients’ problems or his own. After receiving mixed reviews, the writers are coming back with a rebooted, stronger and more innovative season for us to watch. Eldon Chance even smiles, a wry smile for sure, but, if he’s making progress, perhaps the show is too? Riverdale (8:00 PM on the CW ) Teen mystery drama In the season finale, Archie rushed his father to the hospital after he was shot in the diner. This will either be the catalyst for Archie and Veronica’s growing closeness to blossom into a real relationship or end it as Archie will be so focused on his dad’s recovery – if he makes a recovery. As a result, we can expect that Archie is a changed boy at the start of the season. He is darker, brooding and hell-bent on revenge. Season two also sees Betty and Jughead launching their own investigation into the shooting, and Archie’s mom arriving in Riverdale. Dynasty (9:00 PM on the CW ) Soap opera Pilot. Well, the trailers for this new version of Dynasty don’t really show an updated storyline.This reboot of the 1980’s soap opera is brought to us by the same people who gave us The OC and Gossip Girl , so they’re in familiar territory with this show focusing on the twenty-something children of a billionaire businessman and his new (much younger) wife. The children’s characters haven’t changed much. There’s still the ambitious daughter (Fallon), who wants to run her father’s business but is always passed over, and the gay son, who refers to himself as ‘the black sheep’ of the family since he doesn’t want to run the company. The father’s new wife, Cristal, does bring some character tweaks, with a shady background and the CEO post Fallon has always wanted. Cue fight scene with Cristal in her wedding dress… Mr. Robot (10:00 PM on USA Network ) Drama-thriller We had a two hour finale for season 2, and it was a humdinger! Tyrell finally returned with a bang, literally, shooting Elliot when Elliot decided he wasn’t on board to blow up a building filled with people. The interrogation scene between Darlene and Dom left us wondering if they might be working together next season. Although we the audience weren’t shown the information, what Darlene saw might be enough to convince her to switch sides. In Season 3, BD Wong becomes a series regular and Bobby Cannavale joins this tight-knit ensemble cast. We’re told to expect something brand new! Will Angela still be alive? Will Darlene be working undercover for the FBI? Why does White Rose care so much about what’s going on inside the Washington township plant? How will Elliot react to Tyrell shooting him? All of the various and complex story arcs can’t possibly be answered but whatever Esmail gives us in season 3, we’ll eat it up with a spoon. The Shannara Chronicles (10:00 PM on Spike ) Fantasy adventure Returning for season 2, TSC has made a move from MTV to Spike and that could make all the difference in the show’s quality. In the finale, Amberle became the Elcrys tree, but surely the writers will bring back this talented actress through some kind of magic? Bandon has gone over to the dark side and looked in no mood to ever return to fight for good in the Four Worlds. In season 2 we’re one year after the finale. Magic has re-emerged in the Four Worlds, but not to make it better; the citizens are terrified. We’re introduced to the Sword of Shannara, and the fact that, in his grief over losing Amberle, Wil Ohmsford (the last remaining descendant of the Shannara bloodline) has discarded magic and the development of his healing powers. Wil ends up being saved by magic, but will he be grateful enough to start using his powers again to help fight against the darkness? Five new characters are introduced and hopefully the writing will be much improved, giving all of the actors real character development and more cohesive story arcs to work with. Thursday, Oct. 12 I Love You, America (on Hulu ) Political talk show Pilot. Sarah Silverman has never been one to take herself too seriously and neither, it seems, does her dad. She interviews him while he’s in a swimming pool and everything he says is comedy gold. Now we know where she gets the funny from! This topical new show sees Sarah going around the country talking with people who may or may not agree with her personal opinions. Whatever she does is always interesting, but this holds special promise since she’s making a conscious decision to try to reach out to people with different opinions from hers. Not too many people are doing that, so I’ll definitely be tuning in. Supernatural (8:00 PM on the CW ) Horror The Winchester brothers are back for their thirteenth season (that’s the brothers’ favorite number)! An extraordinarily fast-moving 2 hour season finale helped to wrap up all those arcs we’d been enjoying throughout season 12. Two major characters, Castiel and Crowley, were killed off, Rowena is toast, Lucifer returned (again), and Lucifer’s child was born, with the birth opening a rift to another dimension – a world ravaged by the apocalypse, where Heaven and Hell are at war. In that dimension the brothers never existed in order to fight the good fight and save humanity. The discovery that their mom is alive is astonishing news. Dean had a chat with his mom, using his powers, but the reunion was all too brief as she sacrificed herself by locking herself in in the alternate universe with Lucifer. In Season 13 Sam and Dean must figure out what to do with Lucifer’s baby. But more importantly, their mom makes her return. No news on how or when it will happen, but Mary Winchester will be back! John Winchester might also return! It seems this alternate dimension is bringing back a whole lot of characters we thought were dead and gone forever. I can’t quite imagine a Supernatural where Sam and Dean have both their mom and dad but wow, that scenario would bring the emotion. Last, there will be a Scooby Doo crossover episode this season! Arrow (9:00 PM on the CW ) Superhero action-drama The fifth season finale, now that was a cliffhanger! Are Oliver’s friends and family dead? Oliver showed some real character development by choosing not to kill Chase, though he may have regretted that decision when Chase forced him to choose between saving his son or saving Team Arrow. After Oliver chose his son’s life, Chase killed himself, and the island where Team Arrow was blew up. We were left wondering how anyone could have survived the massive explosions. As for Season 6, Oliver is trying to find time to be a father whilst being Mayor of Star City, when Anatoly makes his return. As you might have guessed, he’s not back to make nice. Friday, Oct. 13 Mindhunter (on Netflix ) Dark mystery thriller Pilot. Already renewed for two seasons, Netflix obviously has a lot of confidence in this show, perhaps due to David Fincher’s involvement? Set in 1979, it follows two FBI agents interviewing incarcerated criminals, the first time anyone ever thought to have a conversation with murderers about why they kill people. Using information gleaned from the killers, they help investigate and solve murders. Unfortunately, their unorthodox way of working does not sit well with the FBI. These are the investigators who created the term ‘serial killer’ and throughout the season we are shown the process that brings that term into both the FBI and public consciousness. Everything looks authentic for that era and the premise is enthralling. Not to be missed. Lore (on Amazon ) Horror Pilot. Do you like urban myths and scary legends? It’s Friday 13th and just in time, Lore arrives on our screens! Based on the phenomenon that was the Lore podcasts, this anthology has every episode showcasing a new story, based on real events. With Glen Morgan ( X-Files ) as showrunner and actors of Robert Patrick’s calibre starring, this should be really good horror! If it’s as scary as Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts, then prepare to be creeped out so much that you’re checking under the bed before you can sleep, for many nights after the premiere has aired! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (8:00 PM on the CW ) Romantic musical comedy drama Has there ever been a more uplifting, real and lovable musical comedy show on TV? Rachel Bloom as Rebecca is a star! Last season, Rebecca began to notice Josh, then like Josh, start to date Josh, have period sex with Josh (epic song) and then almost marry Josh. Almost. This season brings us a revenge-driven Rebecca aiming to punish Josh for dumping her at the altar. Watch, laugh, cry, sing along and have fun with this wonderful, amazing and unique show! Jane the Virgin (9:00 PM on the CW ) Satire, romantic comedy-drama telenovela Everything happened in the season finale! No, really, everything! Ro & Xo finally tied the knot, despite a ruined wedding dress and tropical storm-induced power outage. Darci revealed she is pregnant with Rogelio’s baby. Petra got caught kissing Chuck, leading Rafael to dump her again. Luisa cut Rafael off from his inheritance after learning he’s not her biological brother. Jane’s attempts to find a secret love letter from Michael proved fruitless, only to have it hand-delivered by her first love, Adam (Tyler Posey!). So, you know, just your average episode of Jane the Virgin . It’ll be interesting in Season 4 to see how Ro and Xo are settling into married life, how Rafael handles life without his trust fund, and what other havoc those pesky siblings, Luisa and Anezka, will stir up. How far along will Darci be? Mainly, I’m watching to see Adam and Jane fall in love. Saturday, Oct. 14 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (9:00 PM on BBC America ) Sci-fi/detective/comedy If you want to laugh, watch this series. It’s based on Douglas Adams’ fantastic novels of the same name. Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood are the main stars but my favorite character is Holistic Assassin Bart Curlish, who believes the universe protects her from being killed. She says, "I don’t dodge bullets, bullets dodge me." Strangely enough, they do! She is determined to find and kill Dirk, even though she doesn’t know who he is. In Season 2, Alan Tudyk will pay the recurring role of Mr. Priest, Bounty Hunter! Shhh...don’t mention Project Blackwing. Yikes! Sunday, Oct. 15 Berlin Station (9:00 PM on Epix ) Spy thriller Starring Richard Armitage as Daniel Miller, a CIA analyst who learned over the course of the first season how to be an undercover field officer. In the penultimate episode and finale, he was still on the hunt for whistleblower Thomas Shaw and narrowly avoided being killed by him. After discovering Shaw’s identity and backstory, Miller let Shaw go, knowing that the real culprits at Langley needed to answer for their crimes. It’s a complex, intriguing and compelling thriller, however season 1 could have done with tighter writing and more action scenes. In season 2, I don’t think the writers’ will disappoint as Miller has a brand new deep undercover mission and Ashley Judd joins the talented cast as the new station chief. Her character is nicknamed ‘the station whisperer’ due to her talent in helping struggling stations like Berlin regain their footing. Good Behavior (9:00 PM on TNT ) Drama In season 1, Letty (Michelle Dockery), led a life that was definitely not boring. She was a recently released parolee who’d done time for being a con-artist and thief. She was also a drug addict. After overhearing a hit-man planning his next job, she was coaxed into helping him. Intent on changing her life so she could regain custody of her son, Letty went to attend her mother’s wedding. However, instead of spending quality time with her mom and son before the ceremony (let’s not mention that restraining order), Letty had to go bail her mom out of prison! With Javier and Letty’s relationship intensifying, plus the change in Jacob’s custody arrangement, we are set up for a never-a-dull-moment season 2! White Famous (10:00 PM on Showtime ) Comedy "It’s the dress, huh? Everyone’s always trippin’ on the dress," says Jamie Foxx in the premiere of what looks like a hilarious must-see show. Foxx is one of the executive producers and also plays himself in the show. However, Jay Pharaoh of SNL fame is the main star, playing a young comedian doing the rounds in small clubs. After being spotted by an agent, he discovers that Jamie wants him in his new movie. He’s soon dealing with all the perks and problems that come with being a mainstream star. It’s loosely based on Foxx and Pharaoh's real life experiences in stand-up and that of many African American comedians, who have experienced the dilemma of trying to keep their core audience whilst appealing to mainstream audiences.
Fall TV premieres are like Christmas Morning for TV fans. Here’s what’s coming back this week, and what you need to know to be caught up!   Monday, Oct. 2 Lucifer (8:00 PM on Fox ) He’s suave, urbane and self-assured, but then he’s Lucifer Morningstar, so why shouldn’t he be? In last season’s finale, Lucifer was abducted, then had his wings returned after being dumped in the desert. This season he’s still got his wings and is having his usual merry old time around town, whilst helping out (loosely applied term) the cops. 9JKL (8:30 PM on CBS ) Pilot. Josh (Mark Feuerstein) is recently divorced, has lost his major acting gig in a TV show and moved back to New York. Unfortunately, despite wanting to be closer to his family, Josh gets the apartment that’s between both his parents and his brother’s apartments! Now, that’s just a little bit too close for comfort for Josh, though everyone else seems cool with it. "Boundaries, people, boundaries!" says Josh. The wonderful Elliot Gould plays his father and with Feuerstein saying he’s lived this life, this could be good. It all comes down to the freshness of the writing. Also, comedies usually take some time to establish themselves, so let’s hope that this one is given time to develop. The Gifted (9:00 PM on Fox ) Pilot: Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker discover their children have special abilities, the X-Men kind of special. The kids become targets of the authorities, so the family flees to join a group of "Gifted" people who can keep them safe. Marvel’s trailers for this show have high production values, excellent cinematography, and both the stunts and characters hook you right into the story. Tuesday, Oct. 3rd The Middle (8:00 PM on ABC ) Final season. It’s season 9 already and time to say farewell to the Heck family. Thankfully, it’s ending at the request of the showrunners, so we know they’ve had time to work on a great season and an amazing ending to what has been a lovely, funny, enjoyable family sitcom. There aren’t too many of those about, so this one will be missed. Last season’s finale saw Axl get his BA then leave Indiana to travel around Europe. Brick made the honor roll. He may be an awkward kid but he’s super smart and I’m going to miss seeing who he grows up to be. In season 9 we discover that Sue Sue has hotel management as her major. The other surprises the showrunners have in store will have to wait till the premiere airs! Fresh Off the Boat (8:30 PM on ABC ) If you love great comedic timing then look no further than the mom and dad in this Asian-American family sitcom, set in the 90’s. Both parents are hilarious, but for me, the kids and grandma always steal the show. We’re now onto season 4 and the laughs are just gonna keep coming, especially with George Takei guest starring as an ESL tutor. If you haven’t seen this show yet, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed - you’ll be falling off the couch because you’re laughing so hard! Black-ish (9:00 PM on ABC ) To paraphrase the show’s creator, Kenya Barris, " Black-ish is a contemporary piece that speaks to the texture of what America is." This wonderful comedy has never been afraid to pull punches by tackling major issues and how they affect people and society. This season kicks off with a Hamilton-inspired premiere full of musical numbers that both celebrate Juneteenth and challenge popular misconceptions about Christopher Columbus. Almost as exciting, we’re also traveling way back in time.   If you’ve never seen Black-ish , this is the season to start watching, plus there are also three tremendous seasons to binge on! If you’re already a fan, then you are in for a truly amazing season. The Mayor (9:30 PM on ABC ) Pilot. You’re a rapper who is not experiencing major success, so guess what your big idea is to attract publicity? Run for mayor in your own home town, knowing of course, that you’ll never be elected. Except, oops, you are. Suddenly thrust into the world of politics, Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall), guided by his mom (Yvette Nicole Brown!), decides to exercise his power and make some changes in the community he loves. He says, "Don’t tell us about our reality because we live our reality every day." I like the premise, Hall is extremely charismatic and Brown is a star, so I think this is a definite must-see. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (10:00 PM on ABC ) Pilot. Kevin (Jason Ritter) likes his home comforts, loves his car, but really doesn’t have time for anyone but himself. When an asteroid falls close to his sister’s house he jumps into the crater and begins investigating that hot rock, even bringing it home in the back seat of his car. Soon after, he finds a celestial being no one else can see following him around. She has a God-given mission to protect Kevin and help transform him into a good, righteous person, in order to save both himself and the world. But is Kevin up to the task? Queen Sugar (10:00 PM on OWN ) Midseason premiere. Season 2, Episode 9 will be over two nights (Tue 3rd/Wed 4th) as a special treat for all fans of the Bordelon clan. Last season’s finale ended with even more drama than we could have imagined. Violet had a health scare and I really want to find out how she is. Darla was thankful for being two years sober. Ralph Angel, now that was some confession! What on earth is going to happen to this family and all 800 acres of their land in the remainder of this season? Thursday, Oct. 5 Scandal (9:00 PM on ABC ) Final season. Last year’s 2 hour finale didn’t miss a beat. It turned Liv from Gladiator to cold-blooded executioner, or did it? Is VP Luna really dead? Liv knows Cyrus was behind everything, but what will she do with him, promote him to VP? Mama Pope is back in custody. Abby is going to be chief of staff at OPA (now QPA) after convincing Quinn to stay on as head Gladiator. Also, Quinn has delighted Charlie by announcing she’s pregnant. Fitz left (epic kiss!). Mellie became the first woman President and her first executive order, unbeknownst to her was to reinstate the funds for B613. Olivia will be running that dangerous enterprise; she now has all the power and her expressionless face during the last scene was chilling.   What will happen in this last ever season? Kerry Washington says it will be no holds barred. One thing is for sure, each week will have a cliffhanger and give us an hour of edge of your seat, chew your nails, thrilling TV! Van Helsing (9:00 PM on Syfy ) Season 2 returns with Vanessa Van Helsing fighting a world still overrun and controlled by vampires. Last year’s finale began with Vanessa, a prisoner of Dmitri. He informed her that she’s a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing. Whoah, now that’s some lineage for a vampire hunter, but it seems Vanessa’s mother wasn’t too happy about the reveal. Vanessa drinks blood, gaining a lot of strength and escapes, only to find her daughter has turned into a vampire - as has Axel. Drat!   There are so many storylines to tie up that I hope we get a renewal for another few seasons. For this season, Vanessa is desperately trying to protect her daughter, Dylan, now a creepy little vampire, whilst taking the fight to the vampires as soon as possible. There’s going to be a rampage! Yikes! Ghost Wars (10:00 PM on Syfy ) Pilot. Want a really good fright night? Watch Ghost Wars. It’s from the producers of Fargo and it looks like a genuinely scary horror show. Vincent D’Onofrio, Kim Coates and Avan Jogia star, but I think it’s the ghosts that will be stealing all the scenes. Set in the small (fictional) town of Port Moore, Alaska, suddenly creepy things start happening - and as the townsfolk try to fight back, everything intensifies. "The sound, it’s coming from the closet!" Friday, Oct. 6 Suburra (on Netflix ) Pilot. Set in Rome’s seedy criminal underworld, Suburra follows the misdeeds of three small-time criminals who become part of a much larger conspiracy involving organized crime. This conspiracy engulfs every part of Rome, including Vatican City. It looks dark, violent and frighteningly realistic. In Italian with English subtitles. Once Upon a Time (8:00 PM on ABC ) In the Season 6 finale, Henry awoke to find that The Black Fairy had become Mayor. Everyone was separated, with major characters like Snow, Charming and Regina stuck in Fairy-Tale Land. Mr Gold was desperately trying to find out what had happened to Belle, while Emma languished in a mental hospital!   Season 7 has been given a full 22 episode run. Look away now if you don’t want any spoilers!   The show has been given what’s being called a ‘soft reboot.’ Henry is now a father, living in Seattle, and his daughter Lucy has the OUAT storybook and is trying to find him. Henry is needed, for reasons as yet unknown. Perhaps a return to Storybrooke might be in order? Sunday, Oct. 8 Madam Secretary (10:00 PM on CBS ) As always, the premiere is directed by Morgan Freeman. We last left the McCord family with Stevie deciding to remain Russell Jackson’s aide instead of going to Harvard Law School. Russia was determined to attack Bulgaria and France had to be cajoled into agreeing to abstain from Article 5. Henry is now with the Special Activities Division and contacts Dmitri to look at some reports. The episode ended without a cliffhanger. Instead, we left season 3 with a charming family scene in a remote cabin where they played board games by a log fire.   The season 4 premiere promises excitement in the form of Elizabeth being accused of being responsible for a foreign minister’s death and Dmitri begins working for Henry, again. Morgan Freeman and Eric Stoltz make a welcome return. Fake News makes its way into the storyline.
This Sunday’s TV kick-starts October’s line-up of even more premieres for us all to enjoy.   The Toy Box (7:00 PM on ABC ) Season 2 of this Shark Tank-like reality show returns, with kids and adults seeing as judges for would-be toys. When the winning product will end up on store shelves all over the world, you never know who’s going to walk in the door and pitch you their idea! Bob's Burgers (7:30 PM on Fox ) After winning an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program at the Creative Arts Emmys last month, this lovable family sitcom returns for it’s 7th Season. Bob, it seems, has always dreamed of being an Outdoorsman, so when he finds a local specialty store is going out of business...well, you know what’s going to happen. Not to be missed! Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (on Netflix ) Once the enfant terrible of all the world’s cooks (and kitchens!) Anthony Bourdain has been there and done it all. Now he’s showing us why he is such an amazing chef: he’s interested in every food! And not just the food, but the people who make it and eat it. It makes for fascinating tv, and this season features the cuisine of Singapore! 
 The Simpsons (8:00 PM on Fox ) ‘Dogtown’ began ruling Springfield in last year’s finale, much to Homer’s annoyance – even though he caused it all! Downtrodden Gil showed some moxie but it was Marge who saved the day. FOX has renewed the show through seasons 29 and 30! Shark Tank (8:00 PM on ABC ) They don’t call it Shark Tank for nothing - at times vicious, interrogative and just plain mean - it’s so much fun to watch! This season begins with a two hour premiere and has some amazing guest stars lined up for the rest of the season, like Sir Richard Branson, Bethenny Frankel, Rohan Oza, and Alex Rodriguez. 
 Wisdom of the Crowd (8:30 PM on CBS ) They’re using cell phones and social media to crowd-source crime solving - but is it a complete invasion of privacy? That’s your decision. The trailer looks really good, with the original premise turning into something much bigger than ever intended. Ghosted (8:30 PM on Fox ) 
This show about a mismatched duo features LAPD’s best missing persons detective is paired up with a disgraced Stanford astrophysicist to investigate events which may or may not have a paranormal element. Both are guaranteed their previous jobs back if they team up and work for the ‘Bureau Underground.’ This comedy looks great; I like the tropes, the comic timing and am looking forward to the silly missions they’ll undoubtedly be sent on. Family Guy (9:00 PM on Fox ) Seth McFarlane’s dysfunctional family returns, with evil Stewie Griffin remaining my favorite character – hey, he can build time machines! I don’t know how many episodes the late Adam West recorded, but I hope he gets a good send-off this season. As always with Family Guy, expect the unexpected. NCIS: Los Angeles (9:30 PM on CBS ) "We’re headed for all out nuclear war!" The 9th season takes off running and doesn’t stop until the bang don’t happen – if it did there wouldn’t be a season left to watch, so we can safely assume they save the day. It’s how they do it that’s tense, thrilling and so much fun. Last Man on Earth (9:30 PM on Fox ) The fourth season of our post-apocalyptic sitcom has arrived. "We have a two day old baby on board and a nuclear dust cloud hot on our tails!" Never fear though, Captain Tandy will have thought of everything... probably... 
 Curb Your Enthusiasm (10:00 PM on HBO ) Larry David is BACK! It’s been seven long years waiting for season 9! We need this comedy, right here, right now. I’m yelling for society!!! Watch. Watch. Watch. Please, don’t miss! Ten Days in the Valley (10:00 PM on ABC ) Pilot. Kyra Sedgwick makes a welcome return to TV in this action packed pilot. She’s playing a former documentary filmmaker who exposed corruption on the police force and now serves as the showrunner for a fictional cop show. Throw into the mix a bitter divorce, custody issues, illicit affairs, and an abduction for a tension-filled first episode.
Fall TV premieres are like Christmas Morning for TV fans. Here’s what’s coming back this week, and what you need to know to be caught up!   Monday, Sept. 25th The Big Bang Theory (8:00 PM on CBS ) Last season ended with a marriage proposal cliffhanger! How could they do that to us? Will Amy say yes to marrying Sheldon? The Voice (8:00 PM on NBC ) Any show that gives me the chance to watch talented singers mentor really great talent has my attention! Young Sheldon (8:30 PM on CBS ) Pilot. If you love The Big Bang Theory ’s Sheldon then prepare to meet him as a child. He's everything you'd think he would be! The trailers are witty, with this precocious child lording his intelligence over, well, everyone. Hmm, remind you of anyone? This kid is adorable in all his Sheldon glory! Kevin Can Wait (9:00 PM on CBS ) This has been such major TV news. Is it really a spoiler to say that Erinn Hayes is no longer part of the cast? In the new season we find that Leah Remini is no longer a recurring character but a series regular, *wink, wink.* I love Kevin and Leah sparking off one another, so hopefully this’ll be a smooth transition! Me, Myself & I (9:30 PM on CBS ) Pilot. Bobby Moynihan was one of the longest running members of SNL but now he’s left all his costumes and voices behind for this brand new sitcom starring one character at three key periods in his life: adolescence, forty-something, and retirement. This could be really good. Scorpion (10:00 PM on CBS ) Last season, Waige finally happened and we start this season with the morning after and what sounds suspiciously like a musical episode. Cue the band! Scorpion is as playful as ever! The Brave (10:00 PM on NBC ) Pilot. Mike Vogel and Anne Heche lead the cast, with Vogel taking his crack team of soldiers into the most dangerous of situations. Doesn’t sound that fresh on paper but the teaser trailer is really good and the production values look pretty high. However, it all comes down to the writing, quality of the stunt work, and the choreography of the action scenes. I have my fingers crossed as Mike Vogel deserves a good show. The Good Doctor (10:00 PM on ABC ) Pilot. Young Freddie Highmore can do no wrong. Let's hope this pilot is great and the season is even better *crosses fingers*. It's a slightly different scenario from Bates Motel , to say the least. Freddie plays the youngest doctor in a hospital, who has autism and savant syndrome. The show has already been ordered to a full season, which should give it time to develop and hopefully find its audience. The excellent Richard Schiff (Toby from The West Wing ) is Freddie's champion in the hospital, despite the efforts of a hostile board of directors trying to stop Freddie from starting his residency. The Opposition With Jordan Klepper (11:30 PM on Comedy Central ) Pilot. I think the title tells us all we need to know...that and it's from Comedy Central. This could be really good! Tuesday, Sept. 26 NCIS (8:00 PM on CBS ) This season promises answers to last season's epic cliffhanger of Gibbs and McGee being held captive and beaten in Paraguay. Get them free and back into that orange office! Lethal Weapon (8:00 PM on Fox ) This could have been just one hour of fun each week but it brings real emotion, mainly in the form of Riggs’ grief. The show has a great movie franchise to build from, with a wide audience. They've kept Riggs and Murtaugh at the heart of each episode and put in as many exquisitely choreographed action scenes as possible. It doesn't hurt that the two main actors are excellent in their roles. Bull (9:00 PM on CBS ) The charismatic and talented Michael Weatherly kept last season in motion but hopefully the writers will have had time to regroup, especially as there’s a new showrunner – the legendary Glenn Gordon Caron, brought in to make Jason Bull more vulnerable. Does this mean we might also see more character development in both the series regulars and recurring characters? This Is Us (9:00 PM on NBC ) Our favorite family returns! 'The Big Three!' Remember watching the pilot from season 1? Wow, that was a twisty, emotional beginning and it just got better each week. It feels like the whole world is waiting for this flawed, real, wonderful family to return to TV. There aren't too many details about the new season except that we start the very next morning after last season's cliffhanger! At some point in the season we will find out how Jack died, so have tissues at the ready. The Mick (9:00 PM on Fox ) Kaitlin Olson is a star. She’s hilarious as a truly awful but ultimately lovable surrogate parent to her rich sister’s three kids. If season 2 is as good as season 1, we’re in for a treat! Brooklyn Nine-Nine (9:30 PM on Fox ) Any show that has Andre Braugher in it just has to be good (when will he get his Emmy?). This police sitcom stars Andy Samberg and season five looks to be just as manic and unpredictable as Jake Peralta! Last year’s cliffhanger was a doozy, so watch out for this premiere! NCIS: New Orleans (10:00 PM on CBS ) Scott Bakula has taken this show and made it his own. I love seeing New Orleans, particularly as Pride is saving the residents of Clearwater from evil Mayor Hamilton. What really happened up on that roof between Pride and Strong? Hopefully we’ll find out more in the premiere! Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (10:00 PM on NBC ) Pilot. Anyone remember the 'real' trial? This was on every news broadcast, in every paper. I'll be tuning in to see this one, especially as Edie Falco plays Lesley Abramson, the defense attorney. Wednesday, Sept. 27 Survivor (8:00 PM on CBS ) Yes, it’s back and yes, I would be first voted off as I am a complete wuss and all the creepy crawlies would have me in a nervous breakdown after about, erm, three hours? Empire (8:00 PM on Fox ) After last season's incredible cliffhanger we have to find out what's happening with the Lyon family. As Cookie says in the teaser trailer, "They don't call us Lions/Lyons for nothing!" We also have the joy of Forest Whittaker joining the cast. Be still my heart! The Goldbergs (8:00 PM on ABC ) Renewed in May for two more seasons (at least), the Goldbergs enter Season 5 with big, big hair still a major part of the show. What, you thought Stranger Things was the only show set in the '80s? It's funny as a charming family sitcom and is based on the showrunner's real life family growing up. Despite all the characters being funny, George Segal will always be my favorite. The Blacklist (8:00 PM on NBC ) James Spader's acting is always good, but last season he brought everything to the table and showed us just how exceptional he is. Red was scared, humbled, bewildered, grief-stricken - and betrayed. With just one sigh or grimace we could feel the pain he was in. The love story of Mr. Kaplan’s origins was beautiful, and her link to Lizzie was a breathtakingly emotional reveal. Tom picking up that suitcase with a very old skeleton inside might mean he's going to be on Red's payroll, and still keeping secrets from Liz. That said, now that Red is without unlimited funds, what will he pay Tom with? Fedoras? What do you think? I think this season is going to be a lot of fun! Speechless (8:30 PM on ABC ) How I love this show! Minnie Driver is utter comic perfection as Maya, the matriarch who won’t stop fighting for her son, who has cerebral palsy, to have a great life and be treated with respect. Of course, that can cause conflicts with his siblings, but hey, comedy needs conflict as much as drama does. This second season looks to be even better than the first as we find out more about Maya (and her side of the family) and J.J. starts exerting his independence. Oh my! SEAL Team (9:00 PM on CBS ) Pilot. David Boreanaz takes the lead for this new show focussing entirely on the Tier One Navy Seals, the best of the best who go into terrifying situations, sometimes for months at a time, and then come home and try to reintegrate as husbands, fathers, etc. It could be great, I’m always optimistic about new shows and Boreanaz is a big draw. With Tier One veterans on set to keep the show real and grounded, this show just might be really good. Law & Order: SVU (9:00 PM on NBC ) Such a long-running, successful show. Mariska Hargitay stars as Lieutenant Olivia Benson in the nineteenth season of the show. The cliffhanger of trying to catch you-know-who from last year continues, perhaps taking some members of the team to the other side of the law. Star (9:00 PM on Fox ) Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Lenny Kravitz...now that’s some lineup. They are not, however, the titular ‘stars’. The show follows three girls - two sisters who have grown up in foster homes, and their wealthy friend - and their fight to fulfill their dreams of becoming stars. Anything with Queen Latifah has my undivided attention. Modern Family (9:00 PM on ABC ) We’re nine seasons in, and the Modern Family machine keeps chugging along, with at least two more seasons promised. Last season the traditional family vacation finale was bumped in favor of Manny and Luke’s graduation, so they’re getting the vacation episode in now for the premiere. Vacations episodes are historically very strong for this show, so bring on the hijinks! American Housewife (9:30 PM on ABC ) A not-that-wealthy family moves to extremely wealthy Wesport, Connecticut. There, the mother of three has to contend with other mothers who are skinnier, more toned, and more fit than her. Personally, I think she looks great. The baby shower debacle last season left her in a bit of a bind, will all be forgiven and forgotten in this premiere? Criminal Minds (10:00 PM on CBS ) Whew, this show goes through actors as quickly as it does storylines, yet it’s still soldiering on at season 13. You either love it or hate it - I’m not saying which camp I fall into. Chicago PD (10:00 PM on NBC ) Voight and the team are back! It’s season 5, already? It’s a solid police procedural that doesn’t shy away from putting its characters in compromising situations. To recap last season’s finale would take this entire page. That said, will Erin return? From the trailers, intense is the perfect word to describe the first episode of Season 5. Designated Survivor (10:00 PM on ABC ) I only watched three episodes of last season, as I thought it was too quirky and interesting for a network to renew. I hate, hate, hate shows being canceled when I’ve invested so much time in them, so now I feel safe to catch up! Yes! Love Kiefer Sutherland, love Natasha McElhone, love Maggie Q and am really looking forward to finishing season 1 and enjoying season 2. Liar (10:00 PM on Sundance TV ) Pilot. Saying anything about this would be a spoiler, I’ll just say that it’s British made and stars Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd going out on a date. If I write anything else I’ll just ruin it for you. Perhaps watch the first fifteen minutes, as I did, and see if it’s for you. Thursday, Sept. 28th Startup (on Crackle ) It doesn’t really get much darker and twistier than this show. Will GenCoin really take off as a digital currency and will Martin Freeman ever find the money? Superstore (8:00 PM on NBC ) Comedies, again, are not really my thing but this one looks interesting and has a full 22 episode third season! The always funny America Ferrera works in, you guessed it, a big box superstore, where if something can go wrong, it will. The ensemble cast have well written characters and great comedic timing. Thank the writer’s room for upping their game from the first few episodes of Season 1. This is what happens when a show is given time to develop, so let’s applaud NBC for giving them a chance to make us laugh. Grey's Anatomy (8:00 PM on ABC ) TGIT! Last we saw, Mer was pushing Nathan into a jeep to go see his long lost fiancée, who also happens to be Kevin McKidd/Owen Hunt's sister. Watching Owen waiting for the helicopter to land and then seeing his expression of recognition as his sister's gurney approached just about broke my heart. Perhaps his sister’s survival might give Owen and Amelia time to get back together? Or decide to separate for once and for all.   As usual, no one will be having an easy time of it. Does it make me a sadist that I love the characters yet also love all the conflict in their life? It seems like there will be plenty of that this season, especially with a fan favorite making her return! The Good Place (8:30 PM on NBC , time slot premiere) Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. A match made in comedy heaven (pun intended) Will & Grace (9:00 PM on NBC ) Just what we all need, our four favorite snarky, bitchy characters return. Will Will have a boyfriend or husband? Will Grace? Will Jack? Will Karen be onto a new husband? Get this episode on TV as fast as possible. If all the episodes were released at once the world would explode with laughter and happiness, but there's only so much we can take, so weekly laugh-ins with Will, Grace, Karen and Jack will have to suffice. We already know it's funny just from the poster. Great News (9:30 PM on NBC ) With Tina Fey, excuse me, Diana St. Tropez, guest starring in the first couple of episodes of this second season, it really seems that the writers decided to start season 2 with a knockout blow. Fey calls it an old-fashioned funny show. Bring on the laughs, Tina, sorry, Diana… The promos looks really, really good. Chicago Fire (10:00 PM on NBC ) Last season’s cliffhanger was amazing! Who survived? No one’s telling and this premiere just can’t air fast enough. Please, let all our favorite character’s be alive and okay. How to Get Away With Murder (10:00 PM on ABC ) I'm not a huge fan of the show but I adore Viola Davis and love watching her act. Every week she is a masterclass on acting that all budding actors and fans of great acting should tune in for. Nathan for You (10:00 PM on Comedy Central ) Watch. That’s all I can say, I have no words to describe the deliberate and fabulous cringeworthiness of this hilarious and occasionally creepy show. "You weren’t a stalker or anything, were you?" Seriously, just watch it. The President Show (12:00 AM on Comedy Central ) Pilot. Unlike other late-night shows that only talk about Trump most of the time, this one gives him its undivided attention. Jury is still out on whether this will be entertaining, but it’s Comedy Central, so give it a shot. Friday, Sept. 29 Big Mouth (on Netflix ) Pilot. An animated comedy focused on that hideous time: adolescence and puberty. The showrunners have been friends for thirty years since they met at school, and this is based on their own experiences. Tin Star (on Amazon ) Pilot. Tim Roth is notoriously picky when it comes to projects and as his generation's finest actor (imo), he is excellent and Tin Star is outstanding. I'm totally invested in this British family who move to Canada, where Tim Roth is to be the new Sheriff in a sleepy rural town. Sleepy, that is, until an oil company decides that to start building on the town’s land. While it will help the town’s economy, the environmental impact is disastrous, and tensions are running very high. The last couple of minutes of this pilot are chilling. MacGyver (8:00 PM on CBS ) The rebooted version returns for season two. What will our inventive detective use to solve his next puzzle? Only the innovative writers of this show can say, and they aren’t telling! Let’s hope the critics are kinder to Season 2 than they were to Season 1... Hell's Kitchen (8:00 PM on Fox ) Ramsay returns. Shouts a lot. Nuff said. Inhumans (8:00 PM on ABC ) Pilot. Marvel’s universe just continues to expand. You may already have seen the first episode in theaters, it hasn’t met with much critical praise, but hey, what do critics know? We’re all critics here at SideReel!   It’s only an 8 episode run so lets hope the remaining episodes knock the socks off those pesky critics! The Exorcist (9:00 PM on Fox ) The Rance family went through a complete nightmare last year, the Pope was not harmed and every fan is waiting to see who survived... Z Nation (9:00 PM on Syfy ) It isn’t The Walking Dead , as it has a delicious bite of comedy to it but hey, surviving a zombie plague isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, they deserve a laugh. Repeat after me, "Choke, die, bite, inject, in that order..." Blue Bloods (10:00 PM on CBS ) Four generations of the Reagan family return to our screens in season 8, complete with their traditional Sunday dinner. There’s a new mayor in town and Frank is worried, and Danny and his family are trying to piece things together after the arson attack on their home. Every member of the family has a lot going on this year, so things should stay interesting. Saturday, Sept. 30th Saturday Night Live (11:00 PM on NBC ) Ryan Gosling hosts the season premiere! Music is from Jay-Z. Gal Gadot is in the house, and fresh off his Emmy win, Alec Baldwin is back and playing, well, you can guess who. What a start to season 43! Woohoo! Tell us in the comments, what shows are you looking forward to returning the most?
"Believe me, it was never my intention for things to turn so dark. Ultimately, I lost control of what I set in motion. What I did was unforgivable, but I'm not sure it was wrong. There's something off about her — the president, I mean. I know, I've said it before, but there's something dogmatic and dangerous, something distinctly un-American." Much as I've loathed him this season, after watching the entire finale, I was taking no satisfaction in seeing Dar in a military jumpsuit, one of the 16 people already detained in a military facility. Dar's instinct is correct. Saul: "Carrie, are you gettin' this? Cracker and Cross were detained this morning. They're making arrests all over Washington. You gotta talk to her, Carrie. Tell her to stop this insanity." Newsreader: "...dozens of arrests made in connection with the attempted assassination of the president earlier this month. According to the president's chief of staff, those arrested include officials from all departments of government, including State, the Department of Defense, and the CIA." With these key senior officials arrested, Keane has effectively hobbled the entire government, not just its main agencies. "Everyone detained today was connected to the conspiracy," Carrie is told by Keane's new chief of staff. Carrie's reply: "You used me. I didn't know we were going to go full Joseph Stalin. This has nothing to do with conspiracy, this is political housecleaning — payback, pure and simple." As usual, her analysis is correct. The end shot of her looking back at the Capitol after being escorted from the White House shows her, the one free spy, out in the cold, up against an entire government. It's a grim shot and by the look in Carrie's eyes, she realizes she helped bring about this totalitarian regime, albeit unknowingly. I have to wonder if this is why, six weeks on, Franny has yet to be returned to her. That's at least two months Franny has been gone and only now a home visit has been arranged. It's all very strange and makes me think that Franny has been kept away from her mother simply to keep Carrie quiet. "What we do know is that everything she said she would do was a lie… she has expanded the Patriot Act, ignored court orders." I admire Homeland for leaving it to Brett O'Keefe to tell us what's happening. Keane has had 16 government officials, including a senator, sitting in a military prison with no explanation. He also says she is ignoring court orders. Of course, this broadcast is before Saul has a gun pointed at him in his car and most everyone else seated around the "Carrie table" was arrested. "Did she even put her hand on a Bible?" There should at least have been a video made available to the press. It is troubling that not even one photograph was made public. Why? Brett O'Keefe, Dar Adal, et al. played straight into Keane's plan to dismantle the government agencies, not just the CIA. It's curious that he has yet to be arrested. His egregious behavior and his domestic propaganda machine at "900" is all well known, announced on his show to the world. Surely he's being investigated by both the media and government agencies. Yet, he goes free as government officials with no complicity are arrested? Weird. Suspicious. Keane's chief of staff mentions to Carrie that they're listening to conversations gathered by the NSA? Is "900" perhaps part of that information gathering? There was no mention of that organization in the finale. For me, the strangest thing about O'Keefe's "black box" operation at "900" is: why wasn't it up and running before the election? Why was "900" only hiring like crazy after Keane had been elected? Surely the mere fact that she was in the running for a very close presidential race would have made "900" indispensable to invalidate her long before anyone got near a ballot box? They should have hit her with her son's "cowardice" before the election, made her unelectable. Why would someone like O'Keefe wait till after Keane was elected to start with the fibre optic cables and the hiring of all those government officials? We still don't know who was really in charge of "900." Something about all of this just does not feel right. Could Keane and/or (more probably) her billionaire financial backers be the real puppet masters behind "900"? Was it all cleverly strategized to undermine the government from before she began her campaign? Going on O'Keefe's show gave her millions in free advertising that would reach not just his supporters but people on the fence about her. Remember, she said, "Half the country hates me." Could she have been involved? The assassination attempt reminded me of something I read over 20 years ago: "The one thing that will bring popularity to an unpopular head of state is a failed assassination attempt. Their ratings go through the roof as citizens are outraged at the attack on their democracy." Yes, of course, McLendon and O'Keefe were part of it all, but how much input did Keane have? It is strange that her car was last to leave, almost as though McLendon's people had been left out of the loop. Still, McLendon stuck to the narrative that Quinn was the assassin throughout. It's all too suspicious and doesn't add up. Thoughts and observations Yes, there probably was, at the last moment, by McLendon and others, a coup planned. But not just one. Keane always planned to take down all the main government agencies, directly accusing them of being complicit in her fake/failed assassination. It feels like a long-term plan of Keane's. My heart broke quite a bit as Quinn, an expert field agent, assessed the available exits and came to the conclusion that the only way out was to sacrifice himself for Carrie and Keane. Had he lowered his body, then the bullets might have hit Carrie and/or Keane. He couldn't take that risk. Quinn's cherished photos (including one of John Jr.), his only personal belongings, were kept in an old envelope. He had, unknown to Carrie, a smiling photo of her. What made me crumble was that the photos in the envelope were hidden in Dickens' book Great Expectations . Quinn did at some point have hope; this was not the ending we wished for him. Past is prologue. It feels like McCarthyism all over again, only this time the senior officials from all branches of government are being accused of plotting to assassinate the president. There will be many hearings. People will inform on others just to get themselves out of trouble. Then, all the alliances that have been built up over years, decades, will be lost. No one will trust anyone, not even someone they've worked with closely. We're going to have to wait until Season 7 to find out any answers. Was Keane involved? Was everything a set-up to get an unpopular leader fully in charge? What will happen to Saul? Will Carrie ever get Franny back? I'd love to hear your thoughts, not just about the finale but also about the season. Did you enjoy it? Hate it? Are you looking forward to seeing Carrie analyze everything in Season 7?
Thanks to Saul and Quinn, all the arcs finally came together. The writing in this season's extraordinary penultimate episode left me breathless, both with the pace it gave the show and the eloquence it gave to all of the characters. "We have O'Keefe, we have a disinformation campaign designed to discredit the president-elect, and as of today we have boots on the ground. That seem familiar to any of you? It does to me… it does not end well for the elected regime." The room remains silent as each person realizes Saul has just told them there is a coup underway. "You're fighting for your lives, do you get that? You can't afford to remain silent." Lives, plural. It's not just Keane who is in danger, but also her associates. Saul decided not to run. The tape from poor Max must have convinced him that his beloved CIA had been compromised, so he turns on Dar. Finally. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to watch the recording and see Dar in collusion with O'Keefe. Saul risked his liberty walking into that hotel to speak to Keane, as she was throwing him under the bus for what happened in Berlin, just to get to Dar. "Five million views within the first hour, more than two million posts. One and a half million of those posts came within one minute of that video being released." That was a misstep by the O'Keefe's sock puppeteers. To have been credible, that number of posts should have come in at a steady pace, over hours or days, but they would have had orders from the unassailable O'Keefe. With the timestamps on each post easily able to be checked, questions will be raised. "You didn't just fake the lying video, you faked the hate and the lies that accompanied it." O'Keefe tries to appear disbelieving, but Keane then tells his viewers that "900" is run out of his studio. The media will now take over. They will be falling all over themselves to investigate O'Keefe, the building, the trials – more will be uncovered and O'Keefe should be held accountable for his deplorable domestic propaganda machine. However, he is not the biggest fish. There has got to be someone or something who is funding this operation. Is it some rogue element in the CIA, in the government? Or is it a private individual or even another country? "You are not a free voice speaking truth to power, you are a government shill." It was a great scene and Keane left at the perfect time, having rattled O'Keefe to the core with her knowledge. The five million hits his website gets every single day will surely triple, at least, as people tune in to see this battle. "He blew up the boy in the van. I have proof. The real van is in the garage." They switched the Medina Medley van, but now the evidence has been destroyed, the knit/watch cap guy has been bludgeoned to death by Quinn, and the body probably obliterated in the blast. George Pallis is missing, so Quinn may not have full immunity. The plot to kill Keane is now in full motion. Quinn must have followed those guys and returned once he knew knit cap wasn't with them. How else would he have known to break down the front door, saving Carrie's life? Carrie, despite the horrifying, terrifying assault, managed to fight that huge guy off by stabbing him in the face with chopsticks. Kudos, Carrie. But watching her being dragged back down that hallway made me feel as though I was watching a horror movie. "You didn't save my life, you killed it. You did this to me." Watching Quinn behave intentionally like a monkey was heart-breaking. Everything he says about himself in this episode speaks of a broken man who blames himself for so much. When he says Carrie has to let him go it's not just so he can follow the men, it's that he doesn't want to live like this anymore and also that there will be no relationship between them, ever. This is his final mission and Carrie is devastated. "Be sure to drink your milk." O'Keefe's body language shows his squeamishness at Max being physically hurt by Dar. I thought perhaps he might have ordered that Max be given the key card. However, Dar needed Max, so had him freed. "We have a friend in common: Peter Quinn. He's developed quite an online presence recently A website that disturbs me. You wanna know why?" Dar is asking Max for a favor? He really is protective of Quinn and wants to know what O'Keefe is up to. O'Keefe closed the laptop that had Quinn's face on the screen last week when Dar asked what it was. I'd take satisfaction at Dar finally being kept out of the loop and having to ask for help, but with Quinn's life at stake, it's just too scary. Max finds Toxic Soldier. Fake Quinn's main preoccupation on his fake website is real hatred of Keane. Quinn has been set up to be Keane's assassin. He's a patsy. "What do these letters look like to you?" "Romeo, East Coast, where?" "Here." Immediately, Carrie knows something is terribly wrong. George Pallis has disappeared from the briefing post. Trying to communicate anything to Rob Evans, as he tells her there was an incident and that there are reinforcements incoming, is impossible. The hotel is under siege. The bomb goes off and the connection is lost, with Evans dismissing her call. Carrie is excellent at putting everything together. She'll know the reinforcements are the team from the house and that they'll have all the correct credentials to access the president-elect's hotel, kill her Secret Service detail, and then kill Keane. Will she either be able to get through to Rob or get to Keane in time to save her? All we can hope is that she doesn't take Quinn with her. Dar will be frantically trying to get Max to both take down the website and contact Quinn. However, the only way Quinn can be said to have been the assassin (attempted assassin) is if Keane is attacked by sniper fire. That way the crew from the house will have time to get to Peter and have his body and fingerprints all over the shooting position, especially the rifle.
"Mossad? What the hell are they angry about? I saved their asses." Well, he didn't deserve a last meal, but at least Dar allowed Javadi time to eat before ushering Mossad operatives into the room to cart him off to goodness knows where. Although Javadi calls Carrie, who gets Saul on the line to track Javadi's phone, it's all for naught as Javadi is gone — injected with something that I'm guessing is non-lethal, as Mossad will want to squeeze as much information out of this high-ranking Iranian officer as possible. "They said you needed to be educated." Well, that is true. Keane had dismissed Saul to Langley, cut off Carrie, and begun confiding in Dar. Now, with Javadi's gruesome video, they are back in the inner circle and she wants to go after Dar. I can't help but be disappointed at how unprepared Keane is to handle these events. Yes, she is a strong person and she talks tough, but her excitability, naivete, and inability to hide her nervousness from Dar is unsettling for someone who is going to be president (if she is allowed to live long enough, and that's a big if). Overcompensating, she nervously chatters at Dar and he slips the envelope with the names for secretary of state into his jacket pocket. He knows there's something's wrong. That's why Dar points out the photo of her son. He wants to see how hard his comment hits her. Well, now he knows that her son is how to hit her hardest. That video will no longer be held from the internet. He senses the sharks circling. "Dar Adal, that's who got Javadi to change his story in the first place." Saul cannot bring himself to say Dar's name; he is so loyal, even when betrayed. Carrie has to tell Keane. Keane now knows almost everything: "900" has yet to be mentioned. George Pallis, her solicitor general, is brought in to encourage Carrie to go on the record. Sending Dar to jail for lying to Congress in reference to the Berlin events is a little like putting Al Capone in jail for tax evasion. It isn't how you want him taken down, but it gets the job done. We also discover that Carrie told Keane about Berlin when asked if there was any leverage she might have on Dar. That has now come back to haunt Saul, and Carrie knows it. A pardon means nothing to Saul. Understandably, he's devastated. So, the man who has saved the day is going to be thrown under the bus in order to get rid of Dar and his cabal. "O'Keefe said you're the man." "Let's get outraged." O'Keefe is in the building. Literally. Running recruitment and who knows what else. He isn't the financial backer for this private enterprise, but he's certainly not just a sneaky shock jock. Sock puppets. It's a cute name for a horrifying propaganda onslaught. Fake people, fake outrage — everyone in that room, apart from Max, is running countless puppets. The names we were told were so interesting — all had military connections: Delta Force Groupie, Navy Wife, et al. I imagine all of their outrage is directed at Keane, mainly her policies but with personal attacks peppered throughout. There's a name for these sock puppet people and the real people who work them: trolls. Again, Alex Gansa's prescience is extraordinary. Am I the only one wondering if this organization is funded with U.S. money? Thoughts and questions Peter's tradecraft is, as always, exemplary. Using what looks like an app on his phone, he listens to Dar call knit cap guy and finds his location within seconds. Perhaps the CIA should use this app, as CIA Nate took longer to find Javadi's phone location despite using a powerful computer. Spies generally have money stashed away so they can retire somewhere warm. What will Saul do? Run? Or stay and fight for his name? When I said I thought Quinn would go medieval after the death of Astrid, I meant with the old can-in-a-sock-type attack, not a Molotov cocktail followed by the rather unlikely but seamlessly carried out raid of a "shooting sports" store. Yes, it was late at night in a rural area, but still, it was all just a tad too easy. Yes, Dar Adal is loathsome. However, when Peter showed him the bullet hole in his shoulder, Dar's reaction was a gasp of horror, as though he himself had been hurt. So, Dar thinks he's making all the decisions, but has now discovered the people at "900" are really calling the shots.